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Original Action Alert:
The Senate has introduced its version of the 2016 New Mexico state budget (SB 158) which includes a provision to take $500,000 from the OHV Trail Safety Fund. The Trail Safety Fund is fully funded by OHV registration and user fees. Apparently, the Senators who included this provision believe that it’s appropriate to take your dedicated OHV funding and use it to help support the State Parks budget where OHV use isn’t allowed. It is also important to note that this transfer isn’t included in the House version of the budget (HB 2).
The OHV Trail Safety Fund is set up under a “user-pay, user-benefit” framework to be used primarily for OHV law enforcement, education and training, information system development and management, resource monitoring and protection, trail building, maintenance and restoration, and the implementation of other provisions of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act (enacted in 2005).
This is tantamount to placing an additional tax on OHV users that provides no benefit to those who pay. It is vital that you act quickly to urge your State Senator to oppose this raid of the Trail Safety Fund!
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) was formed to ensure that Americans are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly experience and enjoy the public lands that belong to the citizens of the United States. The members of ARRA, which include horseback riders, personal watercraft users, off-highway vehicle and snowmobile riders, and vacationing families, have joined together to provide input on decisions regarding land use designation, recreation opportunities, and preservation. Its members seek responsible consideration of competing activities, which are based on sound environmental principles.
No alliance member believes that recreation enthusiasts have the right to exclusive, unregulated use of our national heritage, but all oppose land closure or extreme regulation, which denies responsible citizens access to public lands for multifaceted recreational pursuits.
ARRA focuses on the entire spectrum of issues surrounding the Crisis of Closure. We work with the Administration and its agencies, Congress, local governmental representatives and most importantly, the citizens who care about maintaining access to public lands and waterways for outdoor recreational activities.
ARRA also serves as a central clearinghouse for the many like-minded initiatives and individuals who fight for fundamental fairness in public land designation and recreation opportunity.